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The "reality is dawning" on local councils that mergers will bring a significant and permanent change, the public services minister says.
The Royal College of Nursing is warning that mental health services across the UK are under unprecedented strain.
Marion Barry, a four-term Democratic mayor of Washington DC mayor who won re-election after a drug arrest, dies at 78.
Filipino Manny Pacquiao retains his WBO welterweight title with a resounding points defeat of American Chris Algieri.
A law forcing communications firms to keep details that could help identify criminals using the internet is being planned by the home secretary.
On a journey charting the impact of the disease
Are food foragers 'annoying' or unfairly maligned?
The Philippines marks the fifth anniversary of its worst political massacre, as Amnesty warns the trials risk becoming "a mockery of justice".
Doubts grow that Monday's deadline for a deal on Iran's nuclear programme will be met at talks in Vienna, as negotiators admit "big gaps" remain.
Eider ducks on Northumberland's coastal areas are being harmed by people feeding them fish and chips and bread, a wildlife expert warns.
The writer who foresaw the rise of the totalitarian state
Tunisia is set to hold its first presidential election since the 2011 "Arab Spring" revolution that triggered uprisings across the region.
What is the real meaning of Mongol?
The QEII Conference Centre and the Civil Service Club are among four London landmarks that Labour says could be sold off to reduce the deficit.
The consular service provided by the UK Foreign Office sometimes falls short of what the public "can legitimately expect", a report by MPs says.
Home Secretary Theresa May tells Desert Island Discs she was left "battered and bruised" after denying MPs a vote on the European Arrest Warrant.
Tony Bellew beats Nathan Cleverly on points to gain revenge in front of his home crowd in Liverpool.
Real Sociedad picked up a point as boss David Moyes made his La Liga debut, but what was the verdict in Spain?
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